macOS Big Sur 11.0.1 beta released to developers before final version of Big Sur

Apple has released the first macOS Big Sur 11.0.1 beta for developers. The new beta has been released before Apple’s final version for macOS Big Sur 11 is released to customers. The beta is available as a software update for Mac registered in the beta software program. A public beta for this release is not available at the time of writing.

Since its first beta release after WWDC 2020 event, Apple has released 10 beta updates for macOS Big Sur 11.0 and still has not released the final version. Early impressions from testers have been positive due to the new user interface, and improvements to apps such as Safari, Messages, Maps, and more. Apple even addressed complaints regarding some ugly-looking icons that were part of earlier betas. Even then, the company is still working on improving the performance and stability and it seems like there is still work to be done.

What’s new in macOS Big Sur 11.0.1 beta

So far, there are no new noticeable features in macOS Big Sur 11.0.1 beta, apart from new wallpapers that were also in iOS 14.2 beta. Some users on Reddit have reported improvements to performance and battery life.

Here are the new features from Apple’s release notes for macOS Big Sur 11.0.1 beta:

Mac Catalyst

  • Optimized for Mac is a new option for Catalyst apps. When optimized for Mac, Catalyst apps use Mac controls, appearances, spacing, and true font metrics, and content is no longer scaled by 77%. A new constant, UIUserInterfaceIdiom.mac, has been introduced to support the new idiom. For more information on the new idiom and optimizing your Mac Catalyst app, see Choosing a User Interface Idiom for Your Mac App, and Optimize the Interface of your Mac Catalyst App — WWDC20.
  • When you deliver your iPad app on the Mac via Catalyst, your existing users on iOS no longer need to purchase your app a second time. In addition, you can manage the capabilities and App Store metadata of your app in one place.
  • Application preferences that include no items users can set are instead shown in the About box.

It is unclear exactly when Apple will release the final version of macOS Big Sur 11 to customers. The company will be announcing its first Apple Silicon Mac next month, and it will likely launch with macOS Big Sur 11.0, which means that Apple will have to make the major update available to all other Mac users by then.

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